College of Trades

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The collision repair industry in Ontario is often long on assumptions and short on data.

Let's look at this industry in a snapshot on July 1, 2014

There are 4096 licensed Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer technicians in Ontario on that day. When you include 887 registered apprentices and 32 Candidate journeypersons then the total comes to 5015.

From May 2013 to July 1, 2014, enforcement officers with the Ontario College of Trades found an additional 405 persons in visits to 680 collision repair shops in Ontario that were working in this compulsory trade or as an apprentice with out any authority or credentials to do so.

Of those 5015 licensed technicians and apprentices, only 43 were women and 29 of those were apprentices.

The average age of an apprentice is 27 and 28 is the average age of a journeyperson candidate. Average age of a tech in our industry is 51. When you include all candidates, apprentices and licensed techs, the average age in the industy is 47 years old.

Last month (June 2014) the Ontario College of Trades issued 50 Journeyperson Certificates, and 23 Apprenticeship Certificates in our trade.

Of 816 apprentices in this industry signed up during the last three years, only 201, less then 25%, actually attended their training school at a College the next year.

Although apprentice signing numbers are consistent, those apprentices failed to "fill the seats" at the Colleges and two colleges eitherdeferred or canceled training classes because of the lack of training attendance support.

The Collision Repair Trades Enforcement Hammer in Ontario

In April of 2013, the Ontario College of Trades, took over the mandate of protection of the public interest and the promotion/support of the skilled trades.

As part of that mandate Ontario College of Trades compliance and enforcement staff continue their efforts to ensure those working in restricted areas of the Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer trade are trade licensed or a registered apprentice.

During the period of May 2013 to June 30, 2014, the College conducted over half of their inspections in the motive power trade. 8,627 field inspections were made in total across the province. Of those, 4,844 field visits were in the motive power sector.

Eight percent of all inspections were made at auto body shops. That's 680 visits.

A total of 2,687 people were found working in a compulsory trade or as an Apprentice without any authority or credentials to do so. Of that total, 1300 were found in motive power and an additional 405 in autobody and collision repair. That's 48% found in motive power and an additional 15% in autobody.

217 Provincial Offence Notices have been issued and 16 prosecutions were underway as of June 2014. Motive power was the highest violations area with 109 tickets issues and 5 charges being laid.

Complaints from the public can also be sent to the College. There are currently 67 complaints on record that were sent to the College about auto body shops during the May 2013- June 30, 2014 time frame.


The owner of a collision repair facility in Windsor pleaded guilty to employment or otherwise engaging individuals in the practice of a compulsory trade without certification. Aug 8/14

An individual pleaded guilty in the Mississauga Provincial Offences Court for employing unlicensed auto body technicians. April 7/14

An individual pleaded guilty in Mississauga for engaging in the practice of a compulsory trade without certification. June 16/14

More information on the Ontario College of Tades website at

Auto Apprenticeship Deadline (Jan 1, 2015)